Visitors with Disabilities - Manuhiri Hauā

The Museum on Ridgway is accessible to wheelchairs and prams its entrance is at 62 Ridgway Street. Please note that there are no public toilets available and no food or drink is permitted in the exhibition spaces. Our friendly staff can, however, look after bags safely behind the counter.

The Museum on Ridgway is mostly a quiet space. During school holidays or when education classes are present, this may not always be the case! Please phone us before your visit to check if groups that could affect noise levels are booked in.

If you are attending an event at the Davis Theatre on Watt Street, there is ramp access from the car park behind the Museum.

Please contact the Museum if you are interested in a tactile tour designed for visually impaired visitors.


One of the more unusual ways of crossing the Whanganui River was undertaken by the aerialist Senor Vertelli. In October 1867 he walked the 300 metres across the river on a tight-rope. On his return crossing, he pushed a wheelbarrow. Vertelli did offer to push a volunteer from the audience in the wheelbarrow, but no one took him up on his offer.